Posted: 7/9/2015 from KAILUA, HI UNITED STATES
I have a mod. loaded 600g mixed reef (sps, ops, zoos, octos, fish). Dosing Ca/Mg/Alk was consuming too much product/money. Perhaps any correctly sized Ca Reactor would have solved my situation. The sizes avail at MD had me using twin reactors or the S3. Single S3 is less space, went for it. Really like the quality, well built and functions nearly as advertised (feed pump is required to maintain a dependable effluent flow). I use a Tom’s Aqualifter placed after the eft valve. This eliminates system pressure and significantly reduces the chance of blowing an eff line off the valve or aqualifter. Best way to adjust (IMO) is to establish a steady eff rate and raise or lower pH controller set point (I use Apex but any pH controller would due). Raise to decrease Ca/Mg, lower to increase (minding the melting point of the media!!!). Ca/Mg levels high and steady, Alk lower than I expected. Using Next Reef MR1XL as a secondary chamber to help. Minus half a star rating due to placement of the pH probe well. It’s several inches away from the main chamber and this delays reading the chamber pH (delay increases as the effl decreases). If the eff stops while the CO2 solenoid is on, the probe won’t read the dropping pH and meltdown is possible.
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Required first purchase
Posted: 6/3/2015 from OCCOQUAN, VA UNITED STATES
I don't know why I waited so long this should be a required purchase right after a quality filter system. This product is beyond expectations it is beautiful and takes care of your tank. With the marine Depot videos it was very easy to first know what to purchase and set the system up and then in the second video to tune it to your system. I am easily using it for several tanks, just branch off the outlet and use like an air line valve and you can change the flow rate for several tanks. No more two-part additives kalwater or any of the other ways and your tank is always perfectly balanced. I would recommend this set up for any size system even as small as 40 gallons we can always expand later to 300.
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